Google CS first Club!

Today we signed up to learn Google CS Club with Scratch. The older classes know how to use scratch so they are all getting a buddy to mentor in CS Club! We are all very excited. It kick off next Friday – we have passports printed, laminated and ready to go for all the little buddies, we can’t wait to get going!!! Here is a little taster of what we are going to be doing!

Cian is National Scratch Champion 2015

Cian in first class won the national final of Scratch for Junior Infants to 1st Class in Dublin Castle on Thursday last. Cian made a game – Cians Frozen Game about 8+ tables. He had to present it to the judges in Dublin and then the public were allowed to come in and lots of people played his game. Everyone really loved it and one little girl said it was “addictive”. Cian also got to meet lots of other little and big coders from around Ireland and play lots of cool games. He was sitting beside a little boy Jack from Ballymun who had made the game Mutant Muinteoir, he was great fun. Mrs Mangan got to meet the teacher and kids from Lackamore NS who we are friends with on twitter. They are a small school too with only 20 pupils. They won a big prize on the day too! Small schools are mighty!!  Well done to all.

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Eircom Junior Spider Award for www.farmsafety4kids.net

Padraic and Aoibheann were yesterday announced as winners of the Group Project of the eircom Junior Spider Awards for their project www.farmsafety4kids.net.

They went to Dublin with Mrs Mangan and Cian and Cameron went too. On the train they met Inver National school and the children from the Gaelscoil in Claremorris. When they got to Dublin they went to Facebook HQ in a mini bus taxi. In Facebook HQ they got to do lots of cool stuff like walking a tightrope, face painting, balloon making, a wind tunnel paper grab and a photo booth.  The photo booth was the best fun! Our teacher met our friends in St Peters in Bray and their teacher went in the photo booth with her!! The big kids from secondary school thought they were the coolest teachers ever…..!!!!

After a picnic lunch we had to go to the big room where the awards were to be presented. Mrs Mangan was filming the awards ceremony and she got such a shock and surprise  that she dropped the ipad onto her lap! We were amazed to win, its such an honour! Thanks to Eircom, to Facebook HQ, to all the junior spiders team and of course to everyone we met for such a great day!